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SEC Settles With Apple Stock Day Trader

Apple stock is well known and popular among investors. It is also attractive to fraudsters who focus on the high tech giant’s shares for schemes. One scheme, for example, brought down New York brokerage Rochdale Securities...more

SEC Prevails At Trial Over Former Professional Athlete

Sometimes is does not pay to be the last man standing – particularly in a Commission enforcement action. Such was the fate of former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault. SEC v. Heart Tronics, Inc., Case No....more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

Federal Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability on “Partnership-in-Fact” Theory

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 10-10921 (D. Mass. 2016) delivered a surprising...more

FinCEN Enforcement Trends: 2015 Year in Review

A review of FinCEN’s enforcement efforts in 2015 and 2014 reveal a marked trend away from its longstanding focus on depository institutions and toward otherwise unregulated financial institutions, as well as an increased...more

Second Circuit Upholds Sanofi Dismissal Despite Omnicare

In its first published opinion applying the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), the 2nd Circuit has offered relief to...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Clamps Down on Disclosure-Only Settlements

In recent years, lawsuits challenging mergers and acquisitions have become almost ubiquitous. Virtually all of these cases settled for disclosure-only settlements in which the target’s stockholders received no money. Of...more

Bridging the Week - March 2016

California Federal Court Refuses to Stop FERC Lawsuit to Uphold the Validity of US $453 Million Penalty for Manipulating Electricity Prices: A federal court in California refused to stop a lawsuit by the Federal Energy...more

Anti-Reliance Disclaimers in Delaware – Why Skillful Drafting Matters

In FdG, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a Buyer’s fraud claim based on extra-contractual representations will not be barred unless the anti-reliance disclaimer is drafted as an unambiguous affirmative expression by...more

SEC Partially Resolves One Action, Concludes Another

The SEC announced the partial resolution of one action last week and the conclusion of another. One centered on the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. The other concluded an insider trading action involving inside information...more

Merck Resolves Investors’ Class Action Lawsuit Related To Vioxx

In 2004, Merck pulled its painkiller, Vioxx, from the market after a study linked the drug to increased risks for heart attack and strokes. On Friday, January 15, 2016, Merck announced that it had agreed to pay $830 million...more

SEC Charges IA With Fraud Tied To Conflicts, Undisclosed Interest

Undisclosed conflicts by investment advisers and others is a focus of the current SEC enforcement program. In its most recent action, the conflicts came from a firm with an indirect, undisclosed controlling interest in the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015

Regulatory Developments - SEC Grants Exemption from Registration as a Clearing Agency to Two Matching Service Providers - On Nov. 24 the SEC approved applications by Bloomberg STP LLC and SS&C Technologies, Inc....more

SEC Sees Surges in Tips and Claims in Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

The SEC’s fiscal year ended on September 30, 2015, and the 2015 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program was issued Monday. According to the report, the SEC saw another surge in whistleblower tips and paid out...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case With Admissions

A critical question in insider trading cases currently being brought is whether there are sufficient facts to comply with the Newman personal benefit test – at least if the case is in the Second Circuit. While in many...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Recent Developments in U.S. “Excessive Fee” Litigation

The U.S. mutual fund industry is poised to see significant developments in the ongoing wave of Section 36(b) “excessive fee” litigation. Days apart in August, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary...more

Mannix v. PlasmaNet, Inc., C.A. No. 10502-CB (Del. Ch. July 21, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss and approved a settlement whereby certain former stockholders would dismiss their appraisal demands in exchange for shares of the surviving...more

Court Of Chancery Grants Stay Of Derivative Case

A stay of derivative litigation is hard to get even when there is another case pending elsewhere. But when, as here, the other litigation may expose the company to significant liability, a stay of the derivative action...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Unfair Dealing Law In Cash-Out Case

Aside from the very large damage award, this decision should be noted for its thorough analysis of the duties of a controlling stockholder and his aides in the way they act to carry out a going private transaction....more

Optimizing Damages Adjustments In Securities Class Actions

Because most securities class actions settle, the statutory limitations on damages that plaintiffs are allowed to recover following a favorable verdict are often overlooked. Those limitations, however, can be surprisingly...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #3

Hackers and Traders Charged by SEC and Department of Justice in International Securities Fraud Scheme - The computer servers of three major newswire companies were allegedly hacked as part of an elaborate illicit...more

Hill Int’l, Inc. v. Opportunity Partners L.P., No. 305, 2015 (Del. July 2, 2015)

In this opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s entry of an injunction, barring appellants Hill International, Inc.’s (“Hill”) from conducting any business at its June 9, 2015 Annual Meeting,...more

Third Circuit Opinion Raises Uncertainty for the Ordinary Business Exclusion in Shareholder Proposals

On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its opinion in Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The holding permitted Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ("Wal-Mart") to exclude a shareholder proposal...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reinforces Importance of Clear and Precise Bylaw Provisions and Specifically Drafted Notices of Annual...

In Hill International, Inc. v. Opportunity Partners L.P., No. 305, 2015, 2015 WL 4035069 (Del. July 2, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s grant of injunctive relief as it recognized the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Reinforces Importance of Clear and Precise Bylaw Provisions and Specifically Drafted Notices of Annual...

In Hill International, Inc. v. Opportunity Partners L.P., No. 305, 2015, 2015 WL 4035069 (Del. July 2, 2015), the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s grant of injunctive relief as it recognized the...more

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